Tom Bermingham – an appreciation in pictures.

Tom was on the beach almost every day and Siobhan Russell has a lot of pictures to prove it.  I have put some to suitable music to remind us how much he loved his daily swim and the craic, uplifting the spirits of all of us. As he’d often ask – “Where would you get it?”.  For Tom, nowhere else – only in Myrtleville.

RIP Tom Bermingham

We lost a great friend in Myrtleville today.  One of the original Myrtleville Swimmers, Tom Bermingham, passed away.  He always had a smile, laugh and a chat for everyone at the beach and was an inspiration to us all.  He will be greatly missed.  Sincere sympathies from all swimmers in Myrtleville to his wife, Kathleen and his family.

Tom Bermingham (L) as we’ll remember him, with his great friend, Pat Higgins.

Meet the stars - Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. "Better than any Oceans Seven", said Steve :-)

Meet the stars – Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. “Better than any Oceans Seven”, said Steve 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Shalloo’s Swabbers (and scrubbers)

It has been noted by a small picky, picky, picky few of the thousands of satisfied buoy-lappers that the underside or nether regions of the new buoys are not as sparkly clean as when they were first installed. These dirty bottoms are, apparently, causing a degree of discomfort for these picky (×3) swimmers. They (the picky ones) feel that the entirely natural and expected build up of weed and – dare one say – slime on the underside of the buoys is lowering the tone of the Myrtleville experience on their Insta stories.  

One of the offending dirty-bottomed-buoys.  Thanks, Siobhan 🙂

Never fear, Myrtlevillians.  Today, we are delighted to announce that qualms and concerns regarding the buoys are being addressed – under the command of Lieutenant Commander James Shalloo (Ret’d).  

Cap’n Jim (that other rank stuff is way too long to keep typing) is establishing a roster for pair of crack teams to be known as the SAS. That’s Swabbers And Scrubbers, obvs. 

Contacted for details, Cap’n Jim was fierce nauticalish altogether about his plans. 

“Avast ye”, says he. “This scuttlebutt about seaweed and barnacles wouldn’t have happened on my ship. We’ll enlist two crews – Shanghai them if we have to – and get those buoys shipshape and Bristol fashion twice a week. Swabbers on Monday and Scrubbers on Thursday. There’ll be no swinging the lead either. Not on my watch.”

He really knows Navy talk, does Cap’n Jim.  He also plans to spare no expense in equipping the crews – or at least in equipping himself to inspect their work.  He has demanded funds for this inspection craft.  The Committee for How to say Feck Off without hurting feelings is considering it.

Anyway, all volunteers are to sign up for duty on www.swabscrub.jim and they will be duly assigned their roles as either a swabber or scrubber.  If he likes the cut of your jib, Cap’n Jim might even let you pick which you are. 

Form an orderly queue and let’s get the asses of these buoys looking good for the Gram, peeps. 

Do the Dog-Leg: do NOT skip Buoy 5.

This is important.  Please note and share.  The six safety buoys have been laid out specifically to encourage swimmers to follow a route which keeps us safe.  This means you should NOT swim directly from Buoy 4 at the Dutchman rocks to Buoy 6 at Bunnyconnellan.  To do that means you are out in an area where marine traffic can be passing at speed.  They may not expect to meet swimmers out there.  

A lap of the six buoys is 1,350m.  This includes a dog-leg from buoy 4 to 5 to 6.  This was planned.  It’s for your safety.  For every lap – do the dog-leg.  Touch Buoy 5.  If you don’t, you’re taking a risk.  Here’s a map from one swimmer – she did the dog-leg.

There is a Mariner’s Notice in place for Myrtleville Bay and within the buoys.   Our job as swimmers is to stay within the buoyed area.  Do the dog-leg.  Seriously. Swim Safe.

Buoy update

The buoys were manufactured today.  They now need the base and stainless steel eyes fitted.  They are expected to ship to us next Monday.  Weather permitting, we hope to have them in for w/c July 20.  We’ll then try for a celebration swim before the end of July.  Fingers crossed.  🙂

Here’s a slightly dodgy phone pic of them at this stage!

Go, FFS!!

As the Number One not-a-club swimming movement in the world, Myrtleville Swimmers are always willing to lend a hand to new like-minded associations.  Over the weekend, on a brief trip to Fountaina’, we were delighted to meet representatives of a new local swimmers movement to be known as “Fountainstown For Swimmers” (FFS, for short).

FFS spokesperson, Marie Watson – together with non-committee members, Brenda Sisk and Pat Lowry – explained the motivation of the new movement as being to get as many current Myrtleville Swimmers to move over to the wide open spaces of Fountainstown as possible.  Ms. Watson was at pains to point out that FFS was a wholly inclusive movement and absolutely everyone currently taking up my parking swimming in Myrtleville was welcome to move over there as soon as possible.

“We have mountains of parking and room for everyone”, said Ms. Watson.  “We really, really want the multitudes in Myrtleville to come over here to join us.  Nothing would make us happier”.  It is understood that Myrtlevillians resident in Fountainstown will throw open their doors to offer hot showers and BBQs to all FFS associates (they have not actually been told this as yet, but it’ll be grand.   Breda and Daniel are sound.).

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

A warm welcome awaits ye all in Fountainstown. #goFFS

Local swimmer, Bernie Lynch – interviewed on de telly by Virgin Media about the new movement – was vocal in his endorsement. “C’mere, until about 2012 ’twas grand down in Myrtleville.  ‘Twas just meself, Pat, Tom and de odd extra fiend some days.  Den dis langer came along and set up a website.  Now I’m walkin’ from de shop here to Myrtleville cos dere’s no parking.  I mean, at least it’s better dan de traffic bandidos of de Wild West down by d’Island, but it’s still a feckin pain.  FFS is right.  I’m all for it.  Go, FFS and take dat shaggin website with ye!”

Given such staunch support, this langer will be throwing all available resources of the shaggin website behind the new movement and encouraging the promotion of it through the twitter hashtag #GoFFS.  Join the movemement, people!  Go, FFS!!

Defibrillator out of order

Just a note as large numbers of swimmers return to the sea – the AED in Myrtleville needs a new battery, which Glen Barton has ordered.  A new casing will also be organised in the coming weeks.  The battery costs of about €220 and the cost of the new casing will be covered from donations previously received from swimmers.  Thanks for looking after this, Glen 🙂

Please keep the noise down

Please remember in the morning that just because you are up, you don’t have to wake the Myrtleville residents. Please keep the noise down. You can enjoy your swim without making excessive noise. Here’s a polite reminder from one resident. To be blunt, they shouldn’t have to remind us – politely or not. 

Hi swimmers, since early morning swimming has commenced again. I would like to remind you that because of the physical features of our beloved Myrtleville noise such as voices in conversation and car doors banging is very amplified. We frequently have noise late into the night from cars, their occupants and their music so the sleep window for residents can be quite brief. I would be most grateful to you if you could take these realities into consideration and I wish you continued enjoyment and benefit from your swimming 🏊🏻‍♀🏊‍♂

2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

Grand stretch in the evenings, so it’s time to start planning for the big event.

The 2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim will take place on Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 7.00 pm. Mark your diaries!

Entries will open in March and will close at 14.00 on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.